NIH Public Access Policy: What You Need to Know

scholarly_bannerHimmelfarb Library’s spring series, Updates in Scholarly Communications: Publishing, Impact, and Visibility, will sponsor a session on the NIH Public Access policy.

Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy: What You Need to Know is essential viewing for recipients of federal research grants from the NIH. Dr. Bart Trawick will provide:

  • Overview of the NIH Public Access Policy
  • Pathways to compliance that researcher/authors who receive NIH grants can follow
  • How to use the SciENcv tool to prepare a BioSketch for NIH grant reviewers followed by an opportunity for attendees to create a sample biosketch.


What: Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy: What You Need to Know
Date: 03/22/2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Ross Hall, Room 227

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Research Day posters – now even better!

gwresearchdaysHow to Present Your Poster and Wow the Judges!

On Wednesday, March 22 from 12 noon to 1 p.m., you can get feedback from experienced faculty on your Research Day poster and presentation.  In this session, you will learn what are judges are looking for when reviewing poster presentations, and techniques to impress the judges and succinctly convey your research posters’ main concepts and data.

Date: 03/22/2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Ross Hall, Room 529 & online via WebEx

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Library hours – Tues March 14

IMG_0712Himmelfarb Library will close at midnight on Tuesday, March 14 due to inclement weather.

Himmelfarb Library is open for a study hall until noon today. The library’s front desk will be staffed from noon to midnight. Reference is offering chat services from 8:30-5. The library will CLOSE at midnight and return to normal hours Wednesday morning at 7:30.


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Submit to the 30th Annual Himmelfarb Library Art Show!

A Gene Davis Color Field by Dr. Frank Slaby

FrankSlabyToday begins the submission period for this year’s Art Show.  Between today, March 13th, and March 31st, drop off your masterpieces at the Reference Desk.

The Reference Desk is open 8:30am – 8:00pm Monday – Thursday, 8:30am – 5:00pm Friday, and 12:00pm-4:00pm on Saturday.

The Art Show will be on display from April 6th until May 7th, and all are invited to the Opening Reception on April 6th at 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

If you have any questions, contact Synneva Elthon at

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Professionalism on social media?

Socialmedia-pmDoes learning about social media issues help students identify professionalism issues and recognize positive social media use?

A new article by GW faculty that answers these questions was recently published in Teaching and Learning in Medicine.

In The Development and Impact of a Social Media and Professionalism Course for Medical Students, Gisela Butera, Alexandra Gomes, Kathy Chretien, and Terry Kind studied student responses to a workshop on social media for medical students.

In this qualitative study, students considered who they represented when they posted online – themself, their university or employer, or the medical profession.   Students were also asked if and how their social media presence had changed since entering medical school, or would change as a result of the session.  Read the complete paper to see student responses and reactions.

Image: Ibrahim.ID (2016). Social media icons collection.  Available from:
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PILOTS for PTSD information

PILOTSThe PILOTS database (Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress) can assist researchers in finding publications on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other types of traumatic stress.  PILOTS is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs but does not limit itself to PTSD information regarding veterans.  Instead, PILOTS seeks to cover all publications on traumatic stress in all disciplines and regardless of linguistics and geographic origins.
PILOTS is freely accessible to all users and available on the Proquest online search platform which provides a User Guide.  Each PILOTS record describes the relevant publication by providing:
  • Title, author, and source information
  • Subject terms describing the publication.  Terms are part of a controlled indexing vocabulary (the PILOTS Thesaurus)
  • Abstract/summary describing the document
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PubMed – Find info fast with filters!


Himmelfarb Library‘s PubMed filters have been updated to help you find information fast!

PubMed‘s filters appear for every search you execute and provide shortcuts to identify specific types of articles.  Himmelfarb Library’s PubMed filters are designed to support evidence-based practice and sort every results set into these groups:

  • Practice Guidelines
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Randomized Controlled Trials
  • Cohort & Case Control
  • Background/Reviews
The filters automatically appear in the upper right area of the Himmelfarb PubMed search screen.  In addition to identifying articles by the study or publication type, Himmelfarb’s PubMed filters apply an English language limit.  The search strategies that support Himmelfarb’s PubMed filters are available on the PubMed Research Guide.
The filters do not affect or alter your search strategy in any way.  You will always see your complete results set first, and can use the limits (language, year, etc.) on the left side of the screen, the filters, or both.


If you have questions or feedback, please contact Laura Abate (
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